Aspen tops ski towns in occupancy, room rates for September |

Aspen tops ski towns in occupancy, room rates for September

Staff report

Aspen lodges had an occupancy rate of 64.2 percent in September, the highest among Colorado’s ski-resort towns for the month.

That’s according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report released last week.

Guests occupied 20,034 of the 31,200 room nights available in Aspen in September, the report showed.

For the year, Aspen is showing a 65.8 percent occupancy rate, which also is tops among the state’s ski towns. Aspen fell short of the state average, however, which was 75.8 percent in September.

Aspen also is outpacing all of the state’s markets — from Denver to Colorado Springs to Estes Park to Vail — for the highest room rates. Aspen lodge rooms in September averaged $274.13 per night. At $231.27, Telluride was the only other Colorado market to crack the $200 mark in the survey.

Through September of this year, Aspen lodge rooms are commanding an average of $413 a night, compared with $386 for the same period last year, according to the report. The state average this year is $142.04.

Glenwood Springs, meanwhile, saw an average room rate of $126.53 in September, less than half of the amount of Aspen’s. Glenwood Springs’s occupancy rate in September was 72.2 percent, which topped Aspen’s by nearly seven percent.

The Rocky Mountain Lodging Report is commissioned by the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, Robert S. Benton & Associates and W.R. Hopping & Co.

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